Not looking matronly in a turtleneck

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Target top (similar), LOFT curvy skinny jeans, J.Crew bracelet and flats, Gorjana rings

I’m not much of a turtleneck girl. I typically opt for the shirt + scarf combo so as not to look like my grandmother. Plus, when you have a big chest, turtlenecks do nothing to help minimize in that area. However, after a particularly frigid day in Pittsburgh I scooped up this cheetah/leopard print piece at Target in a moment of panic. Aside from keeping me warm, it has become one of my favorite pieces for cold weather temperatures. And as long as it’s styled properly, i’ve found I can avoid looking too matronly.

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Step 1: I always pair this top with something bright. Be it a purple pencil skirt or red skinnies like I have here, bright colored bottoms make the print look bold and intentional.

Step 2: Make sure the bottom has a tight fit. Loose fitting bottoms plus a high neckline will give off too conservative of a vibe. Slightly fitted bottoms make the look appear modern and young.

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Step 3: Wear your hair down! The first time I wore this top it was a day 2 hair day and I wore my hair in a bun. I swear people were making fun of my outfit and saying I looked like Betty Crocker. Hair tight and up just gives this too much of a “buttoned up” vibe.

Step 4: Finally, pile on the jewelry. Lots of gold baubles or bracelets pull in another modern trend, keeping the outfit young.

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Are you a fan of turtlenecks? How do you style them to keep it young and fresh?

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